Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from August 17th - August 23rd

Wednesday August 17: Reporting the Oregon Story

Floyd McKay has been a character in Northwest media for about as long as there’s been a Northwest media, appearing as a political reporter for KGW-TV and writing for the Seattle Times and Crosscut. His new book is an account of the history of politics and media in the Northwest. Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Thursday August 18: Sun Bear

Matthew Zapruder is more than just a renowned local poet — he’s also an editor at the second best poetry publisher in the region, Wave Books. And he has a new collection coming out from the first-best poetry publisher in the region, Copper Canyon Press. Help him celebrate the release of Sun Bear, which is an awesome title.. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, . Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Friday August 19: Hugo House Housewarming Party & BBQ

You probably know that the Hugo House space on 11th Ave is now a deep hole in the ground. But have you visited the House’s temporary location while their new facilities are being built? Tonight, they’re making it easy by hosting a BBQ and housewarming with free sausages from nearby George’s Delicatessen and $1 cans of PBR. Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St., 322-7030, Free. All ages. 4 p.m

Saturday August 20: Wong/Akbar/Peñaloza/Lewis

See our Literary Event of the Week column for more details. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, . Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Sunday August 21: Southwest Stories

Chief Seattle’s great-great-great-great-grandson, Ken Workman, will discuss the history of West Seattle, the future of the Duwamish peoples, and he’ll also host a lively question-and-answer session. It is not every day that you get to hear a history of this land directly from someone representing the people who were here before colonization began Delridge Library, 5423 Delridge Way SW, 773-9125, Free. All ages. 2 p.m.

Monday August 22: Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt

America was built on revolution, and our Constitution allows for argument as a part of the process. This gives us a natural advantage over, say, France. Sarah Jaffe’s newest book is a history of American revolutions, from those early days in New England up through Black Lives Matter and the fight for $15. Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, Free. All ages. 7 p.m

Tuesday August 23: Words to Color By

Certain literary snobs like to mock coloring books for adults, but fuck those guys. Coloring makes people feel good, the books are helping the bottom lines of indie bookstores, and they’re fun. Tonight, local artist Jennifer Lankenau hosts a debut and coloring party for her first coloring book. University Book Store Mill Creek, 15311 Main St., 425-385-3530. Free. All ages. Noon.